Pocola travels to Talihina in biggest game of Week 10

Week 10 will still be a busy night for LeFlore County football teams along with the others in southeastern Oklahoma although many of the district seedings are decided.

The one game that could decide a playoff team in the county has Pocola (6-3 and 4-2) visiting Talihina (5-4 and 3-3). See playoff scenarios below.

District standings after Week 9

After clinching third place in the district with a 24-20 win over Spiro last week to clinch its first playoff spot since 2011, Heavener (6-3 and 4-2) visits Antlers (5-4 and 2-4) in a rematch of last year’s 50-48 victory by Antlers in one of the most thrilling games played at Harvey Stadium in many years. Antlers is out of the running for a playoff spot.

Poteau (9-0 and 6-0) has clinched the district championship and will try to wrap up an undefeated season going into the playoffs with a trip to Stilwell (2-7 and 0-6).

Spiro (5-4 and 3-3) finishes fourth in 2A-8 and closes out the regular season at home against winless Wilburton (0-9 and 0-6).

Panama (5-4 and 4-2) is looking for a little payback when the Razorbacks visit Haskell (2-7 and 1-5) after the Haymakers knocked Panama out of the playoffs last season. The game will have no impact on the playoffs other than for district points if Gore, Panama and Pocola all finish tied for second.

Arkoma (2-7 and 1-3) is the only county team out of the running for the playoffs as the Mustangs close out with a game at Welch (7-2 and 3-1), which will finish second behind Keota.

In other games involving teams in southeastern Oklahoma, Checotah visits Stigler; Roland closes out a difficult year at Warner; Sallisaw will try to clinch a playoff spot at Madill; Sequoyah-Tahlequah goes to Vian in a game that will decide playoff seeding; Gore travels to Porter; Broken Bow goes to Ada; Valiant is at Hugo in the battle of Highway 70; and Liberty plays at Hartshorne.

Playoff scenarios

4A-3. Poteau is the district champion and will likely play Miami and McLain in the opening round. The two teams are tied in the district. The Pirates’ likely opponent is Miami as Miami plays district champion Wagoner this week and lost the tiebreaker to McLain. Ada is second and likely plays McLain at home. Sallisaw, Broken Bow and Gibson are tied for third. Broken Bow plays at Ada and will likely be eliminated. If Fort Gibson and Sallisaw both win on the road this week, Fort Gibson is third with the tiebreaker over Sallisaw, while the Black Diamonds are fourth. Sallisaw would play Wagoner in the playoffs while Fort Gibson would go to Cushing.

In 2A-6, the district champion and runner-up will be determined when Eufaula plays at Idabel Friday. Heavener is third and Spiro fourth. In the playoffs, Spiro plays at Prague, Heavener visits the winner of Friday’s game between Vian and Sequoyah-Tahlequah. The district champion and runner-up will play either Henryetta or Keys, depending on the outcome of Friday’s game when those two teams play.

A-8. Central is the district champion. There is a three-way tie for second place between Gore, Panama and Pocola. If all three of those teams win Friday by 15 points, Gore is second, Panama third and Pocola fourth. The only thing that could change is if Talihina can defeat Pocola at home, then the Golden Tigers are fourth. The likely matchups in the first round will be Quapaw at Central (Quapaw and Commerce are tied for fourth, but Commerce must play second-place Wyandotte Friday). Fairland is third and would play at Gore or Panama. Panama or Gore would go to Wyandotte and Pocola or Talihina would travel to district champion Colcord.

In B-6, Keota is the district champion and will host the winner of Friday’s game between the winner of Webbers Falls and Quinton with the loser going to Welch.  Friday’s game between Foyil and Cave Springs will determine third and fourth place. The loser of that game goes to the winner of the Dewar and Caddo game Friday to determine that district champion and the Foyil and Cave Springs winner plays the loser of Caddo and Dewar.

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